On the Farm by David Elliott

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A New York Ttimes best-selling author and a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator evoke life on a farm in a simple, lyrical text and boldly expressive images.

From the bull to the barn cat to the wild bunny, the farmyard bustles with life. The rooster crows, the rams clash, the bees buzz, and over there in the garden, a snake — silent and alone — winds and watches. David Elliott’s graceful, simple verse and Holly Meade’s exquisite woodcut and watercolor illustrations capture a world that is at once timeless yet disappearing from view — the world of the family farm.

About David Elliott

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David Elliott is the author of several books for young readers, including the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling picture book AND HERE'S TO YOU! He lives in Warner, New Hampshire. Holly Meade (1956-2013) wrote and illustrated IF I NEVER FOREVER ENDEAVOR. She earned a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in HUSH! A THAI LULLABY by Minfong Ho. She also illustrated AND THEN COMES HALLOWEEN by Tom Brenner; ON THE FARM, IN THE WILD, and IN THE SEA by David Elliott; and many others.
Published March 11, 2008 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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At their best, Elliott’s images are unexpected and all the more lovely: The turtle “Lifts her fossil head / and blinks / one, two, three / times in the awful light.” Others are not so successful, but Meade’s illustrations give them credence: The rooster “Crows and struts.

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Taking a roster of the farm residents, the poems include the occasional striking image (the pig has a tail “as coy as a ringlet”), and more frequently comment on the animals' obvious characteristics (the cow “makes milk/ standing/ grazing./ Abra-/ cada-/ bra!/ She's/ utterly/ amazing!”).

Mar 03 2008 | Read Full Review of On the Farm


In Rita Gray's Mama Mine, Mama Mine, illustrated by Ponder Goembel, the mother of each animal leaves her brood during the day to take care of her responsibilities: Cats must catch rats, pigs must eat and sheep must be shorn.

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